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Our next regular meeting will be Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 7pm. 

We currently meet in the private dining room at Casa Maria's South Austin location4327 S 1st St. #102. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, except June and December. They are free and open to the public. For those who wish to come early, we gather around 5:45 PM for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. We pay for our own meals and for that of the guest speaker. The short business meeting starts at 7:00 PM, followed by the guest speaker's presentation.

Wondering what our programs are like? View the list of speakers and topics we've had since 2006

President Nick Morgan (right) presents Elton Prewitt with Honorary Membership in the Travis County Archeological Society at the March 8, 2018 meeting.   

April 12th Program

Chris Lintz, Research Archeologist, Texas State University and Texas Parks and Wildlife (retired), will speak on

The movement and interaction of Alibates flint and Ceramics during the Middle Ceramic Period in Southern Plains

Common perception that most Alibates agate was quarried by Antelope Creek Phase people for trade with New Mexican Puebloans is not supported by the low frequencies of Alibates tools and debris in the Southwest relative to ca. 70% quantities of Alibates remains from the Bluff Creek, Pratt and Wilmore Complexes in south-central Kansas.  Ceramic studies suggest that decorative motifs in Antelope Creek overlap cordmarked decorations from these Southern Kansas complexes.  Recent petrography and neutron activation analysis of ceramic pastes across the Texas panhandle show that large sites near the Alibates quarries have the least paste variability, whereas sites in the Oklahoma panhandle and the Buried City Complex show the greatest paste diversity.   This evidence, and the occurrence of substantially larger house sizes, suggests that the Buried City Complex may represent rendezvous and gateway locality for facilitating the exchange Alibates while keeping foreign southern Plains traders away from the Alibates outcrops.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Lintz

BiographyDr. Christopher Lintz is recently retired as the Wildlife Division archaeologist at Texas Parks and Wildlife Division and is currently a Research Associate with Texas State University in San Marcos.  He has worked as an archaeologist since 1963 and conducted projects in 17 States and Puerto Rico.  Since 1970, he as focused his geographical research interests on the southern High Plains with emphasis on studying Middle Ceramic Period (AD 1200-1500) adaptations of prehistoric settlers to the droughts affecting the panhandle regions; most notably are his studies of paleo-environmental reconstructions, settlement/subsistence patterns, architectural and community patterns, and interactions and exchange.  His PhD dissertation (University of Oklahoma 1984) focused on the defining the Antelope Creek phase of the Texas-Oklahoma panhandle region and delineating buffering mechanisms to droughts.  Over the years, he has published more than 40 (of 350+) publications on facets of the prehistoric behaviors to this High Plains region.  


March 24: LUAS Archeology Fair, 1-5pm, Nightengale Archaeological Center, 1010 Circle Dr. Kingsland
May 10: TBA
June 14: No meeting. TAS investigations at Camp Wood
July 12: Members' Field School Presentations

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